Serene Photographs of Japan Combine Your Love of Travel with Minimalism

“We must always be on guard in order to capture the interesting things that happen around us. We have to promote serendipity.”
– Salva López


Complementary colours, low light tones and careful compositions make award winning Barcelona-based photographer Salva López’s personal work a treat for fans of minimalism. His images from trips around the world have an enchanting serenity to them.

Salva’s visual creativity began with a career in graphic design, the traces of which are evident across his current creative output. Salva’s flourishing profile has made him a highly sought after interior design, lifestyle and portrait photographer.


We met up with the photographer to get some insights.

THE PLUS: Tell us about the way you make images for your personal work. What do you look for in a frame?

Salva López:
Usually when it is something personal, I try to find things that, by composition or colour, are attractive to me. I’m also interested in certain places where that happens more often, such as urban peripheries.

TP: When did you first pick up the camera? 
It was in 2007, by chance. I had been working as a graphic designer and I bought a Canon 400D. That was the beginning of everything.

TP: What’s a typical work day like for you?
What I love about my job is that there is not a defined routine. I never know where I’ll be in a couple of weeks.

TP: You seem to travel a lot. Any places that particularly fascinate you?
My favourite place is Japan. I’ve been always fascinated by its culture and it is full of interesting places to shoot. I’m especially happy with last trip’s pictures from April.

TP: Did you go to Japan for holiday or business?
I was on holiday with my girlfriend. It was our second time there, and I had been very much looking forward to coming back.

TP: What attracts you to minimalism?
Ever since studying graphic design, I’ve been attracted by minimalism. When I got my camera, I automatically adopted minimalism in a very natural way. Although, with time, I’ve felt more comfortable with breaking this rules.

TP: What’s your advice to young photographers on finding their style?
There is a current in art schools to think a lot and shoot little: it is structured with a lot of projects and concepts. From my point of view, postmodernism, conceptual art and contemporary photography has truncated the expectations of many young photographers. So I would go just for the opposite. The best ideas are born when you least expect them and I think that the best way of finding them is by taking pictures. I don’t enjoy constructed projects, I came from the documentary world where good pictures arise at random. We must always be on guard in order to capture the interesting things that happen around us. We have to promote serendipity.
I would also recommend to take Instagram with perspective. Without a doubt, Instagram is very useful, but it can corrupt you in the search for likes and its reward in serotonin in your brain. The best photographers I know have either very few Instagram followers or don’t have Instagram at all.

TP: What are you most looking forward to over in the remainder of 2018?
I would very much like to start working on a personal project. I’ve been working for commissioned projects for a long time now, and my body is asking me something different. I would like to go back to Japan and work Tokyo in deep. 
To be honest, it is difficult to me right now, I have very interesting commissioned projects that I love to do but at the same time, I’m afraid they are taking all my time and energy.